Our People

Patron of Women's Refuge

Judy Bailey, ONZM

“The welfare of women and children has been close to my heart for many years, particularly after delivering some of the horror stories in our news bulletins. The science of brain development tells us how damaging exposure to domestic violence is for the brains of young children. It also tells us that being surrounded by violence is just as bad as actually being hit.

 

I wholeheartedly support the work of Women’s Refuge to provide services that help women and children escape violence in their lives.”

Our Ambassadors

Aaron Hape

Aaron is a public servant and a strategic advisor to several non-government organisations.

 

He currently holds an appointment at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment where he provides strategic oversight of a $3 billion regional investment fund.

 

Aaron is an advisor for The Queen's Commonwealth Trust. He has been an international election observer, founded and governed several global charities, and has managed programmes in the Pacific that develop vocational training and peacebuilding initiatives. He is also a Trustee of the Dowse Foundation.

 

Aaron lives with his wife, Jennifer, in Lower Hutt. He is a proud graduate of Victoria University of Wellington and the United States Department of State International Visitor Leadership Programme. He descends from the Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-ā-Rua iwi.

Stacey Shortall

Raised on a farm in Colyton in the Manawatu, Stacey is a former Wall Street lawyer with volunteer experience in New Zealand, New York and Ghana.  A litigation partner at the Minter Ellison Rudd Watts law firm, a passionate advocate for the wellbeing of women and children, and a mother of four, Stacey is the founding trustee of the Who Did You Help Today charitable trust.

Stacey has received awards for her community-based work in New Zealand and New York.  She also is the founder of Our Words Matter which is an online forum for sharing ideas to solve the issues that affect New Zealand.  In 2019 and 2020, Stacey was named as a semi-finalist for the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Award.

 

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